Best Value

HP Spectre x360 15

From $1,300 at HP

Pros

  • Best overall value
  • Convertible design
  • Supports inking

Cons

  • Fewer configuration options
  • Slightly worse display and ports
  • Worse battery life

The HP Spectre x360 15 is our pick based on value because it allows you to enjoy 4K for less than a Dell XPS 15 with the same specs, and it’s a convertible. However, people looking for configuration options for maximum power or budget-friendliness will be disappointed. Additionally, the battery life of the laptop is considerably worse.

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Dell XPS 15

From $1,127 at Dell

Pros

  • More configuration options
  • Slightly better display and ports
  • Better battery life

Cons

  • Worse mid-range pricing
  • Not convertible
  • No inking

The Dell XPS 15 should be your pick if you’re looking for a specific configuration at the high or low end of the spec sheet, and it also has better battery life as well as a slightly better display and port selection. It’s not convertible or compatible with inking, though, and the HP Spectre x360 15 beats it in terms of overall value thanks to its pricing.

Ultimately, the HP Spectre x360 15 offers the most value between these two devices since with it, you can get your hands on a powerful 4K device for less than what the most affordable 4K Dell XPS 15 costs. That being said, the Dell XPS 15 has more configuration options that will appeal to people at both the high and low end, and it also has some small, yet notable hardware and performance advantages.

Spectre x360 15 vs. Dell XPS 15: Comparison and specs

The HP Spectre x360 15 (left) and the Dell XPS 15 (right).

This comparison is an interesting one since both laptops have very similar specs. The HP Spectre x360 15 and Dell XPS 15 both feature an Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce 1650 Ti graphics, and both laptops can be configured with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD space. Additionally, both laptops have 4K display options, Wi-Fi 6 support, and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility.

HP Spectre x360 15 Dell XPS 15
CPU i7-10750H i5-10300H
Intel i7-10750H
i9-10885H
GPU NVIDIA 1650 Ti Intel UHD Graphics
NVIDIA 1650 Ti
Memory 8GB
16GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
Storage 256GB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
2TB SSD
Display 15-inch UHD IPS touch (400 nits)
15-inch UHD OLED touch (400 nits)
15-inch FHD+ non-touch (500 nits)
15-inch UHD+ InfinityEdge touch (500 nits)
Speakers Quad-speaker design Quad-speaker design
Ports 1x Thunderbolt 3
1x USB-C
1x USB-A
2x Thunderbolt 3
1x USB-C
USB-C to USB-A converter
Biometrics Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera
Fingerprint reader
Windows Hello-enabled 720p camera
Fingerprint reader
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 5-6 hours 8-9 hours

The key factors in this matchup are the pricing and the different configuration options. You can get a version of the Spectre x360 15 that has an Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce 1650 Ti GPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD space, and a 4K IPS screen for $1,300 — a full $562 less than the equivalent Dell XPS 15, which is excellent value. However, the Dell XPS 15 can be configured with a wider range of hardware than the Spectre x360 15 can. For example, there’s a budget-focused $1,127 version with an i5-10300H, Intel UHD graphics, and a FHD display. There’s also a beefy variant that has an i9-10885H, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of SSD space. This makes the Dell XPS 15 better for people who are looking for something specific at the low or high end of the spectrum.

Something also worth noting is that each device has some small, but notable advantages. The Dell XPS 15’s displays are 100 nits brighter (500 compared to the Spectre’s 400). Secondly, its port selection is better overall — you get dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB-C port, and a USB-C to USB-A converter, whereas with the Spectre, you get a single Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB-C port, and a USB-A port. Finally, the device sports a battery that lasts for roughly three hours longer. Meanwhile, with the HP Spectre x360 15, you get the flexibility offered by convertible laptops as well as support for inking, which will be important for artists or notetakers.

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HP Spectre x360 15.

Both of these laptops are excellent, and no matter which one you go with, you’re going to be happy. Ultimately, neither one of them is better than the other; it comes down to what you’re looking for. If you want to get your hands on a powerful 4K laptop for a very attractive price, the HP Spectre x360 15 should be your pick since it’s priced excellently. However, if you’re looking for a very specific configuration at the high or low end or you like the sound of the small advantages offered by the device, look no further than the Dell XPS 15. If neither of them are the right fit for your needs, check out our best Windows laptop picks for more options.

Best Value

HP Spectre x360 15

Undeniable value

From $1,300 at HP
From $1,350 at Best Buy

The HP Spectre x360 15 is our pick based on value because it allows you to enjoy 4K for less than a Dell XPS 15 with the same specs, and it’s a convertible. However, people looking for configuration options for maximum power or budget-friendliness will be disappointed. Additionally, the battery life of the laptop is considerably worse.

More Options

Dell XPS 15

Highly configurable

From $1,127 at Dell
From $1,700 at Best Buy

The Dell XPS 15 should be your pick if you’re looking for a specific configuration at the high or low end of the spec sheet, and it also has better battery life as well as a slightly better display and port selection. It’s not convertible or compatible with inking, though, and the HP Spectre x360 15 beats it in terms of overall value thanks to its pricing.